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West End Refugee Service (WERS) volunteering with rangers at Wallington, Northumberland
Visitor with a volunteer in the park along the Lake Walk at Mount Stewart, County Down | © National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

From welcoming visitors to learning how to build a dry-stone wall, there are hundreds of ways to volunteer for the National Trust. Whether you’d prefer to volunteer indoors in a historic home, outdoors in a well-kept garden or in one of the countryside or coastal landscapes we care for, you’ll be helping out with interesting people and making a real difference at the same time.

Find a volunteering opportunity

There are hundreds of different ways you can volunteer for the National Trust – at historical houses, in the gardens or in the many coastal and countryside landscapes we care for. Search the volunteering database for something to suit your skills, interests and availability.

Volunteering in historic houses

Volunteering in one of the historical buildings we care for allows you to immerse yourself in history and heritage as well as providing you with ‘behind-the-scenes’ access to some of our country’s most fascinating places.

With a range of opportunities available, you can play a key role in engaging visitors and enhancing their visit.

Room guides

By providing a friendly face to welcome visitors, you can help bring the places we care for to life by providing historical context and answering questions.

Costumed interpreter

You could fully immerse yourself in the history of the property by becoming a costumed interpreter; from grand Georgian and Victorian outfits to housemaids and naval officers, there’s often a role to suit anyone.


If you have a creative imagination and a way with words, our storytelling roles are a great way to involve and inspire visitors of all ages.

Conservation assistants

During winter, in particular, there are some amazing opportunities to be directly involved with the conservation of the properties and their collections.

Volunteer examining a book as part of conservation work in the library at Greyfriars' House and Garden, Worcestershire
Volunteer examining a book as part of conservation work in the library at Greyfriars' House and Garden, Worcestershire | © National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

Volunteering in gardens

From raised beds to rose beds, the gardens at the places we care for are just as valuable as the houses themselves.

As a garden volunteer there’s an opportunity to work in some of the country’s most unique and famous outdoor places, often on a scale that might not be attainable in your own back garden.

Gardening volunteers

You could be involved in planting, pruning, cataloguing seeds, establishing boundaries, or supporting community groups to grow their own produce on some of our allotments. You may also be approached by visitors who want to ask questions about the garden or seeking general gardening tips – so it’s also a great way to share your love for horticulture, and pick up some ideas of your own.

Garden guides

Some of the places we care for even have specific garden guide roles available. This would allow you to combine walking, talking and being immersed in an awe-inspiring setting while sharing a love of the place with visitors.

Volunteering at the coast and countryside

Volunteering on the coast or in the countryside enables you to get outdoors and play a vital role in managing and conserving precious natural environments for both people to enjoy and wildlife to thrive.

Getting active

Outdoor volunteer opportunities are very varied; you could get involved in tasks like woodland clearing, maintaining fencing and pathways. In Cornwall you can help tackle invasive Himalayan Balsam and stop its spread downriver, while in County Down we need help with everything from boardwalk maintenance and litter picking on the coast, to fencing works and bracken management inland.

Wildlife monitoring

We’re involved with a number of bio-surveys, from counting butterflies to wild flowers, find out in more detail how we manage the landscape to benefit wildlife.

Amateur naturalists will enjoy the BioBlitz events which are held across the country and help us better understand how our wildlife is changing and how best to protect it. We will ask you to find as many different species as possible within a set time limit and experts will be on hand to help identify and record them.

Guided walks

You may be able to spend time on the moors, mountains, woodlands and beaches we care for by creating and leading guided walks around these unique places.

Visitor in the park along the Lake Walk on an electric mobility scooter at Mount Stewart, County Down
Visitor with a volunteer in the park along the Lake Walk at Mount Stewart, County Down | © National Trust Images/John Millar

Anyone can volunteer

Family opportunities

If you’re looking for a way of sharing experiences and making lasting memories with your family there are many opportunities that are both fun and educational as well as a vital contribution to our work.

You could find yourself cooking up a storm in a 1930’s kitchen, clearing up the coast as part of a Big Beach Clean or even dressing up and showing visitors how to do washing the Victorian way...

There are lots of opportunities for family groups to volunteer at sites across the country that range from one off days to more regular roles.

Meet like-minded people and make new friends

Volunteering is a wonderful way to share your skills and passions as well as make new friends while doing your bit to ensure places you love are preserved for generations to come.

Volunteers across the UK are already rolling up their sleeves. There are dozens of opportunities on offer that will get you out in the sunshine and away from the everyday.

Volunteers make our places special. It’s your skills and passion that help to keep them open for ever, for everyone.

A group of people listening to a volunteer as they lead a guided tour around the house of Mompesson House, Salisbury, Wiltshire

Search our volunteer roles

Whether you're looking to help in the great outdoors, work with the public or get up close and personal with the houses, take a look at what's happening near you.

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A volunteer talking to a visitor at Wightwick Manor and Gardens, West Midlands

Frequently asked questions on volunteering 

These frequently asked questions should give you all you need to know about who can volunteer, what it involves and how to apply.

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Meet the volunteers 

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to volunteer with us? From perfecting the art of lavender topiary to giving talks at historic houses, a selection of volunteers share their stories about helping out at some of the places we care for.